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Business Resource Guide

Creating economic prosperity by supporting business

Introduction

Council is committed to supporting businesses to start, grow and prosper. In turn, this gives the community access to a diverse range of local jobs which is important for a strong local economy.

There are more than 17,000 businesses registered in the City of Whittlesea.

Council provides direct support for new and existing businesses and helps connect local businesses of all sizes with state and federal government programs.

Council's Business Support Services and Initatives

The program facilitates short-term commercial agreements by establishing connections between property owners, real estate agents and local start-ups, social enterprises, artists or not-for-profit organisations. With the aim of reducing the number of vacant retail spaces in shopping precincts around the municipality.

For more information, contact business@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

If you're thinking about starting your own business or already run a business, but have questions about how to expand, what permits you need and which regulations apply to your operation, our Business Concierge service is the ideal place to start.

Call 9217 2180 or email business.concierge@ whittlesea.vic.gov.au.

The Whittlesea Localised website, Council’s online Business Hub, connects business owners from around the City of Whittlesea and provides a range of free opportunities, including:

  • Advertising products, services and people on the Directory
  • Uploading blog posts and business news to the Noticeboard
  • Local networking and professional development events
  • Procurement opportunities or requests for quotes.

www.whittlesea.localised.com.au 

Representing over 400 food, beverage and fibre manufacturers operating in northern Melbourne, this network presents an opportunity for members to access a range of services including: assistance with government grants, trade shows and buyer visits, training and skills development workshops, a buying group, a manufacturer and service delivery directory, networking events and more.

www.melbournesnorthfoodgroup.com.au

Small Business Victoria helps small business owners and operators plan, start and grow their business, with tools, including a range of business plan templates, and information on how to register your business, how to choose the best location and calculate the costs behind your business idea.

www.business.vic.gov.au/business-information/start-a-business

The City of Whittlesea uses VendorPanel to manage its procurement process, if your business is interested in supplying Council with products or services then you can register for free.

https://info.vendorpanel.com/workwithcityofwhittlesea/

Created to showcase the City of Whittlesea's tourism, events and hospitality industries to visitors and locals alike, local businesses are invited to connect with Council to have their business featured on the Explore Whittlesea website and social media channels.

Explore Whittlesea QR code

Council’s monthly Business eNewsletter features a round-up of the news, opportunities and events for local businesses.

For insights to help with your market research and business planning, delve into City of Whittlesea population, demographic and economic profiles and forecasts.

Attracting investment in the City of Whittlesea

Launched in July 2021, Council’s Investment Attraction Plan outlines how the City of Whittlesea will attract new businesses, bringing new large employers into the municipality increasing local jobs. Download the brochure to find out how this Plan will benefit the region and help create a Strong Local Economy.

Resources and support

The Victorian and Australian Governments have a range of support tools and programs designed specifically for the business community. The support can change regularly and we recommend that you scan the QR Codes below to find out the latest information on what could be available for your business. Each service communicates with regular newsletters sent via email, signing up to these can also help you stay up to date.

The City of Whittlesea is proud of the diversity of its business community and Council has services and support available in languages other than English. On our website use Google translate or phone 131 450 to use our free interpreter service.